Figurative – 1. Non-literal use of words to describe something in a metaphorical or abstract way (i.e. figuratively speaking). 2. Relating to art that represents forms derived from real life, including the human body
Note 1: Figurative art represents something as it really looks rather than in an abstract way.
Note 2: Isn't it strange that figurative can mean abstract in words but forms from real life in art, almost opposites.
He figured the natives (figurative) would be great subjects for his realistic art, but his writing remained very abstract and metaphorical.
Examples of figurative in a sentence (Non-literal use of words to describe something in a metaphorical or abstract way i.e. figuratively speaking)
She often used figurative writing in her novels to better describe the characters and world.
He loved writing but his use of figurative language needed work, it would often confuse readers rather than help describe something.
He was a very dramatic individual and would often used figurative language to over exaggerate a situation.
An example of figurative language would be:
She has scored a success with her latest novel. ( makes figurative use of "score")
There's trouble brewing. (makes figurative use of "brewing")
She's drowning in a sea of grief. (makes figurative use of "drowning in a sea")
Examples of figurative in a sentence (Relating to art that represents forms derived from real life, including the human body)
They gathered in the gallery to see his latest collection of figurative work.
She never liked figurative realism as an artist, she preferred more abstract paintings.
Her latest figurative paintings were all depictions of the same mysterious man.